Memorable Moments of 2013 From Beaumont Children’s Hospital

First lady of Michigan Sue Snyder at Beaumont Children's Hospital this past March

First lady of Michigan Sue Snyder at Beaumont Children’s Hospital this past March

One of the great things about health care is there is always the opportunity for growth — whether it be patient care, advances in research, in technology or more community support. Long one of the cornerstones of the science of medicine, Beaumont researchers are finding new and innovative ways to treat many conditions and illnesses. Here are some 2013 moments:

• Beaumont Children’s Hospital expanded its neuroscience services Jan. 7 with a Pediatric Epilepsy Clinic, offering treatment options and services for infants, children and teens with seizures and epilepsy.

• Beaumont Children’s Hospital opened a Sickle Cell Anemia Center offering comprehensive, specialized care for infants, children and adolescents with sickle cell anemia and sickle-thalassemia syndromes.

• In a study published in the April issue of the journal Resuscitation, Beaumont doctors found that cardiac arrests in K-12 schools are extremely rare, less than 0.2 percent, but out of 47 people who experienced cardiac arrest over a six-year period at K-12 schools, only 15 survived. Th e survival rate was three times greater, however, when bystanders used a device called an automated external defibrillator, or AED, that helps the heart restore a normal rhythm. Th e study “Cardiac Arrests in Schools: Assessing use of Automated External Defibrillators on School Campuses,” was led by principal investigator Robert Swor, D.O., Emergency Medicine physician at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, and a research team including Edward Walton, M.D., Beaumont’s director of pediatric emergency medicine.

• It’s called PAWS – the pediatric advance warning score. Caregivers throughout Beaumont began using PAWS at the beginning of May to help predict if a child’s health status is likely to decline. Th e system also gives guidance for providers to follow when scores reach a particular number.

• After a successful year-long pilot at Beaumont Hospital, Troy, the Parenting Program is offering first-time parents in-room car seat safety education at both the Troy and Royal Oak hospitals. “We have one certified car seat safety technician at each hospital,” says Deanna Robb, director, Parenting Program. “They are especially sensitive to the high anxiety of new parents. Before we had this program in place, we provided families with a list of community resources, including Safety City U.S.A., but now parents can get a little more immediate security knowing how to properly use and install their car seat.”

• First lady of Michigan Sue Snyder announced her support of programs launched by the Michigan Departments of Human Services and Community Health to combat the nearly 150 fully preventable accidental suffocation infant deaths annually due to unsafe sleep environments. The announcement was made at Beaumont Children’s Hospital March 25.

• Beaumont offered the community a flu hotline to call with questions.

• At the Radiothon for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a record-breaking $152,000 was raised for kids at Beaumont Children’s Hospital.

• Beaumont Health System announced a $5 million gift from Danialle and Peter Karmanos Jr. The gift will create the Karmanos Center for Natural Birth and the Danialle & Peter Karmanos Jr. Birth Center at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak.

Here’s to a happy and healthy 2014! Happy New Year!

Does My Baby Come With Extra Hours For Me?

IMG_2625After Baby comes, you may wonder how you’re expected to do it all. Few people hire help and others try to maintain pre baby expectations. Here are some tips to get you ahead.


  • Declutter your home months before baby’s arrival.
  • Make a list of items you can’t leave the house without and keep it by the door.
  • Always double or triple recipes to include additional meals for you and/or your spouse.
  • Keep 1 quart freezer bags and a Sharpie on hand to freeze and label food for additional meals.
  • Create a babysitter information sheet and discuss it with the babysitter. It gives you peace of mind that you didn’t forget anything and gives the babysitter a handy reference tool. Don’t forget to include pet information. And if your twins share a room who’s crib is whose.

Accept Help:

  • Keep a list of chores on the fridge and when family or friends stop by and ask if they can help tell them yes and have them pick from the chore list.
  • If you spent time with a niece or nephew prior to baby’s arrival, invite them over and let them help. You’re training a future babysitter as well as maintaining the bond.


  • Breakdown your tasks in to 15 minutes. Do as much as you can in 15 minutes and move on. It’s better to make some progress towards everything on your to do list than get nothing accomplished.
  • Set up baby stations in each room. For example: a baby chair or swing, a few toys, few diapers and changing supplies. You’ll have more freedom to move about the house and baby can accompany you no matter what you’re doing.
  • Put an empty bin in baby’s closet. As baby outgrows clothes simply place in bin after cleaning. Once bin is full send clothes to be donated, sold, or give away.


—Kyle Micciche, Professional Organizer at Life Changes Organizing℠





The Autism Blues

Have you seen the blue glow on the Mackinac Bridge or the Empire State Building? Or sprinkled up and down the streets in your neighborhood this month? If so, that’s “Light it up Blue”, an Autism Speaks initiative to help spread awareness of this devastating neurodevelopmental disorder.

Sadly, it won’t take long before pretty much everyone is aware of autism. On March 29, 2012 the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released the findings of an autism prevalence study conducted in 2008. Although the methodology isn’t perfect – it never is – the important point is that there was a sharp increase in prevalence numbers from the last time the CDC completed the same kind of survey in 2006. Last time around, the numbers of 8-year-olds who were diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder were 1 in 110, with 1 in 70 boys being diagnosed. Continue reading

LBL and Pregnancy

With pregnancy comes all kinds of body changes. One not so fun surprise could be LBL (light bladder leakage). Robert A. Starr, MD from Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI sheds some light on LBL during and after pregnancy.

“It’s very common. There are things that can be done about it. And it demands open communication,” said Dr. Starr.   “We are getting better as physicians, nurses, and health care providers at asking patients about urinary leakage, though I think there’s room for us to improve as providers.” If you’ve been reluctant to talk about LBL, it may help to know that you are not alone. One in three women experiences LBL. Dr. Starr encourages women to be proactive, and discuss it, because there are some effective options available to you.

Read more about what causes LBL and how to control it.

What to Expect When You’re Expecting: Choosing a Hospital

You’re expecting. Naturally, you want to deliver your baby in a comfortable setting, perhaps with some amenities. But more importantly, you want a hospital where the medical care you and your baby will need is available to ensure a safe delivery.

“Expecting mothers should look for certain attributes when choosing a hospital,” says Robert Starr, M.D., interim chief of obstetrics and gynecology, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. Continue reading

Relaxing During Labor? You Bet!

Beaumont’s Prenatal & Family Education department has been offering HypnoBirthing® classes for several years. These classes are an option for expectant parents who are interested in this method of deep relaxation and self hypnosis. Expectant moms who use this technique may have less pain and shorter labors. This technique is designed for women who are having a normal pregnancy and are considered low risk.

The class series meets once a week, for 4 or 5 sessions, to learn about the labor process, release fears, explore the role of the labor companion, and learn deep relaxation and self hypnosis techniques. The class fee includes a book and two CD’s for relaxation practice.

Check out the following video for an overview of calm, gentle birthing with HypnoBirthing®–The Mongan Method.

Register for one of Beaumont’s Hypnobirthing classes at any time after your first 20 weeks of your pregnancy.

—Mary Anne Kenerson RN; Coordinator, Prenatal & Family Education